Eclipse 2017... we made it. We survived!
No alien plants that eat humans were left behind - right? #littleshopofhorrorreference
Did you enjoy it wherever you were at?
I never did find me those super hard to find eclipse glasses.
Let me rephrase... I never really looked until like hours before the actual eclipse. #slacker
I dont know why I didnt put some effort in it....
Let me tell you, I'm already putting an order in for my glasses on Amazon for 2024.... especially because its coming right through Indiana!! YAHOO!!!! Ricky & I already said we were going to go to that.
After talking with Julie, who lives in Nashville & experienced the full totality of it, & what she experienced, I want to see the same thing.
|What it looked like in Nashville
& seeing all the live feeds online & when it actually went completely dark? I want to witness all that firsthand.
By the way, how awesome is it we can watch live feeds of the whole thing on a computer, a tablet, the palm of your hand with your phone. Times, they have changed. & while sometimes it seems like its not for the good, technology is pretty awesome. Gotta give that one to passage of time.
Anyways, I ran out to lunch & came back & the eclipse was starting... it was getting that strange color in the sky... that "sun setting" feel but with a gray touch. Like all the color has been stripped but the sun is still shining. It's just so strange. It's almost what I imagine color blind people see. One of the news guys on the online feeds called it a "Funky Sunset" & said to get that trending. #funkysunsetforthewin
& no one in our office had a pair of the eclipse glasses. DANG IT.
I saw pictures of people with their whole office sporting a pair. Our office just must be full of slackers. I dont feel so alone. I guess I'm with my people.
Luckily, one of my buddies had send me an email that she was doing the pin-hole trick in paper. I asked her how to do it - especially since I looked online & the only thing you can find are those box projectors .... & side note, they ALL recommended cereal boxes..... I literally just gagged typing that word. They need to come up with some other options for boxes next time.
So Elizabeth gave me my instructions & I grabbed some big envelopes & punched a hole in it ... & it actually worked. I kept the sun to my back & got to watch a itty bitty, teeny weeny eclipse happening on the paper.
|the tiniest eclipse ever
A totally difference picture from the one above, huh?
& we didnt get as much darkness as I expected - & we were at 96% coverage so I think I may have expected a little more - but it was still cool to be a part of.
You could FEEL a difference in the air - stillness.... you could feel the temperature change. As soon as it was over, you could feel the heat come back in like a furnace blowing on you. It was just crazy....
After it passed through our area, I finished up work with the live feeds on my computer & watched the final one go through South Carolina before the moons shadow "drops off the edge of the earth" as they said it....
& it went out so beautifully...
They asked a lady what she thought of it & she said, "I just never expected it to feel so emotional over it".... & I could totally understand that.
It really is overwhelming to think of the mightiness that we all got to witness for just a passing few minutes.
While it looks so small on my piece of paper, & may not seem real by looking at live feeds on a screen, it really made me stop & think....
Because you see, just the day before, I was doing my Bible Study & in it, was referenced the "Creation Story"... the beginning of the world.... when God created everything, including the Sun & the Moon.
& you think how long ago God spoke into being these things.... & how they all still turn & rotate... & bring such mystery & beauty & amazement to us in moments like this.
Things we take for granted on most days.
I mean, we dont have parties every day for the sun... & we love good moonlight evenings, but we dont drive for miles or make reservations years ahead to go see it.
But when we see God's amazing works come together... we stop.
We are in complete awe.
Reminding us how powerful God is to create these things...
& while we feel so small in all of this, compared to the massive creations of the sun & moon, we too are God's creation
.... & I thought of how nice it was to just see good news for a day.
No news of politics, no news of war, no news of terrorism, no news of hatred....if for a few hours...
& seeing stadiums of people of all kinds together just sitting & watching this event.... people camping out together to have fun & celebrate.... kindness.... friendship... civility... a brotherly love. All to watch this amazing thing of these mighty creations coming together in a moment.
Reminds me that when ALL of God's creation comes together, big things can happen.
& if God's people continue to get together & share brotherly love, can you imagine all the awe that can hold?
Can it make people stop & stare in wonder?... actually, I think it can.
... & we dont have to wait till 2024 either to see it ;)
For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth